Evaluating the quality of learning in Computer Supported Co-operative Learning

David Newman, Brian Webb, C. Johnson, Clive Cochrane

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Can learning quality be maintained in the face of increasing class size by the use of Computer Supported Co-operative Learning (CSCL) technologies? In particular, can Computer-Mediated Communication promote critical thinking in addition to surface information transfer? We compared face-to-face seminars with asynchronous computer conferencing in the same Information Management class. From Garrison's theory of critical thinking and Henri's critical reasoning skills, we developed two ways of evaluating critical thinking: a student questionnaire and a content analysis technique. We found evidence for critical thinking in both situations, with some subtle differences in learning style. This paper provides an overview of this work.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)484-495
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of the American Society for Information Science
Publication statusPublished - 1997


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